Russian Gov. TV Claims American Parents Give Kids Gay Porn

Max Fisher at Vox reports that a Russian state TV channel broadcast a joke video from 4Chan to show that American parents indoctrinate their kids with gay pornography. All this to prove, of course, that America is morally corrupt and trying to destroy Christianity and blah blah blah.

Russia’s second-largest TV channel, the state-owned Rossiya-1, has aired a special news report alleging that Western society is indoctrinating its children with homosexual propaganda. While this sort of accusation is nothing new from Russian state media, Rossiya-1 presents, as its proof, a video that it says shows an American father covering his young son’s bedroom wall with gay pornography as a way to force the child into homosexuality, purportedly a widespread Western practice.

In fact, however, the video that Rossiya-1 shows is not documentary news footage, but a satirical and obviously fake viral video taken from the American social media site, 4chan…

The segment then cuts to a video that it says shows a typical American family at home. A father leads his young son into his bedroom to show him a surprise: he has covered the child’s bedroom wall with explicit gay pornography. The child shouts in joy at the present. (This appears 30 seconds in to the above clip.) The Rossiya-1 host, disgusted at the display, sternly asks, “Is it appropriate for a child’s bedroom to look this way?”

The video that Rossiya-1 presents as real is of course an obvious fake, created as a joke by the users of 4chan. The video is a satirical re-cut of this much-mocked commercial by Fathead, a sports paraphernalia company. The original shows a father showing his son that he has covered his bedroom wall with a giant photo of a monster truck. 4chan users changed out the monster truck with gay pornography as a way to mock the commercial. Rossiya-1 either mistook or willfully misrepresented the satire as documentary news footage.

Russian state media has increasingly smothered Russians with the idea that Americans and Western Europeans are sexual perverts and weaklings out to destroy families. In 2012, when Vladimir Putin’s government passed a law forbidding American families from adopting Russian orphans, one of the justifications was that American parents were sexually exploiting the children or forcing them into homosexuality. The Rossiya-1 host refers to this as America’s “gender fascism.”…

These ideas might sound silly to an American, but within Russia they are presented — and widely received — as proof of the deadly serious moral corruption and threat of the West. This is meant to bolster the idea of a perilous clash of civilizations between Russia and the West. It is also meant to convey the idea that only the Russian state stands for and protects strong, traditional family values. Both of these are carefully designed political tactics to foster fear and hatred of the West and a subsequent, nationalistic loyalty to Putin’s government.

I’d like to see this phone conversation take place:

Obama: Hey Vladimir…fuck you.

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  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    These ideas might sound silly to an American, but within Russia they are presented — and widely received — as proof of the deadly serious moral corruption and threat of the West. This is meant to bolster the idea of a perilous clash of civilizations between Russia and the West.

    It’s also meant to make Russians so disgusted by Westerners that they won’t want to talk to us AT ALL. This could neatly solve a problem that always plagued Soviet propagandists: no matter how they demonized America, ordinary Russians insisted on chatting with ordinary Americans and listening to what we said without a lot of shame or embarrassment. So Putin has to up the ante, from “Americans want to encircle and persecute us!” to “Americans are all gay child-molesters!”

    I’m not sure if Russia’s English-language channel, RT, is taking up this scam too; but it still disgusts me that RT is all over basic cable while Al Jazeera America is nowhere to be seen.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Shouldn’t they jail themselves for showing gay propaganda?

  • Trebuchet

    I’d like to see this phone conversation take place:

    Obama: Hey Vladimir…fuck you.

    Vlad and a good many republicans would take that as proof Obama is gay. Just like I saw on the cover of a checkstand tabloid yesterday.

    Is it just me, or do others miss the Soviet Union as well?

  • Trebuchet

    Meh, blockquote fail.

  • dugglebogey

    We shall soon see how well this works. Russia is staring into the void of a very deep economic depression. The ruble has been in a very steady decline vs. the dollar, but when the Russian government has stopped buying up huge chunks of currency due to fears of bankruptcy and inflation, the value has been in free fall.

    When economic sanctions from Europe and America began over the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the government put all of it’s resources in it’s one remaining asset: Oil. Now that oil prices are plummeting, the Russian economy is getting destroyed.

  • Chris J

    These ideas might sound silly to an American

    Depends on the American.

  • raven

    There is something dark about Russian culture.

    1. On the west coast there are a lot of Russian/Ukrainian immigrants who are fundie xians.

    They cause a lot of problems. For some bizarre religious and cultural reason, they beat their kids a lot. The kids tend to grow up disturbed and end up in trouble with the law a lot. Two attacked and killed a gay man in Sacramento.

    2.

    portland public schools | OregonLive.com

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    No, Madison High is not obligated to hand Margarita Vejo a megaphone. … ‘Devout Christian’ claims Portland schools, Lewis & Clark discriminated over faith, …

    This is the latest. Margarita Vejo is a Russian fundie immigrant. She started an internship as a school counselor and immediately started spouting a lot of anti-gay hate. The school, who seemed to be horrified, promptly removed her.

    Now she is suing Lewis and Clark college and Portland schools, alleging religious discrimination. I read some of her charges and can’t see that there is any basis to them. She is claiming a religious right to be a bigoted, kooky xian…counselor in a public school. And if you call her a hate filled xian kook, you are discriminating against her.

  • Nemo

    It’s enough to make one long for the good old days, when Russia was the one trying to destroy Christianity.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R2XG9CnOj8 Olav

    That conversation between Obama and Putin is probaly going to go somewhat like this:

    (image)

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    It’s enough to make one long for the good old days, when Russia was the one trying to destroy Christianity.

    Notice how we’re not gloating over that great “victory” we allegedly won when the USSR fell apart? Not much has changed — the country is still run by a former KGB thug, the economy is still weighted down by corruption and incompetence, and nonviolent dissidents are still being sent to Siberia.

    Anti-Communism: yet another Republican talking-point that’s been proven dead wrong.

  • Who Cares

    That fuck you has already been sent to Russia.

    Or at least that is how the actions of the US in the Ukraine are perceived (by Russia) after Russia helped out in Syria and with Iran.

  • DaveL

    In fact, however, the video that Rossiya-1 shows is not documentary news footage, but a satirical and obviously fake viral video taken from the American social media site, 4chan

    This would be so much easier to laugh at if so many Americans didn’t mistake satirical news articles for the real thing on a regular basis, without any need for government intervention.